On November 9, 2020, a meeting of the Eastland Economic Development, Inc. Board of Directors was held. Members present were; Vicki Bradley, Mark Pipkin, Carolyn White, Jason Cochran and James Doyle. Also present were: Executive Director, Tom Bailey, city secretary, Roma Holley, along with guests Laura Hobbs and Donald Cate
Vicki Bradley called the meeting to order at 12:08 p.m. The invocation was offered by Tom Bailey and Carolyn White led the Pledge of Allegiance. Donald Cate reviewed the income and expense report for the month of October stating that the Sales tax has increased approximately 1.2% over October 2019. The minutes of October 13, 2020 and October 19, 2020 meetings were presented and approved.
Laura Hobbs, Executive Director of the Eastland Chamber of Commerce, gave an update of the activities from the past year. The COVID-19 Pandemic has curtailed and changed the way a lot of the activities were conducted, but overall, 2020 has still been a very productive year.
Director Tom Bailey gave brief updates on several ongoing projects including efforts to offer high-speed Internet throughout Eastland, construction of Bartee Metals new facility in the EEDI Business Park and bringing a new business, U.S. Sand & Gravel, to town.
Progress on the new Red Star Travel Center was discussed. The creation of new jobs and a significant amount of sales tax was met with much enthusiasm. The board was pleased to hear about the purchase of Mighty Molding by local businessman, Brent Kirkland. This purchase will keep the business in Eastland for years to come.
The Executive Directors Report also included updates on the Maverick Townhomes and the new University Drive in the Warner Subdivision. University Drive will serve the newly constructed Woodlands Nursing Center.
On a motion by Carolyn White, seconded by James Doyle, the meeting was adjourned at 12:44 p.m.